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Goa Pex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Panaji - 18th – 21st December 2014.

Goa Pex 2014, District Level Philatelic exhibition was held at the Maquinez Palace, ESG Complex, Campal, Panaji from 18th to 21st December 2014. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Surendra Furtado, Mayor of Panaji in presence of Shri Pundalik Naik, President of Goa Konkani Academy who was the guest of honour of the function and Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa Postal Region and Ms. Archana Gopinath, Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Goa Division.

Goa Pex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition

On the inaugural day a Special Cover on the feast of Sao Joao was released jointly by the guests on dais. (Special Cover approval no. MH/38/2014)

Sao Joao is one of the famous Christian feasts in the state of Goa and is dedicated to St. John the Baptist which is celebrated on 24th June every year. This occasion marks the celebration by the local youth in the villages of Goa who jumps into wells to retrieve gifts thrown in by villagers. The festivals takes place at the beginning of Monsoon season in Goa and people of all ages jumping into wells, streams and ponds. Sao Joao festival also has a close connection to water and keeping the wells clean. The special cover features a family from Siolim donning the floral headgear of Sao Joao. ‘Copels’ worn during Sao Jao festival is a unique feature of Sao Jao festival in Goa, The cancellation reads the words "Viva Sao Joao".

Special Cover on the feast of Sao Joao

Special Cover on the feast of Sao Joao

On 19th December 2014 a Special Cover on Goan Tiatr (Also known as Konkani Theatre) was released. The cover was released by Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa Postal Region in presence of Shri Jacob Fernandes (Prince Jacob), a director, producer and actor of Konkani Theatre and a President of the Tiatr Academy of Goa who was the Chief Guest and Dr Andre Rafael Fernandes Associate Professor of Goa University who was the Guest of honour and Ms. Archana Gopinath, Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Goa Division. (Special Cover approval no. MH/36/2014)

The first Konkani Tiatr was staged in Mumbai in 1892 at the New Alfred Theatre. A young man called Lucazinho Ribeiro hailing from Sokolwaddo, Assagao in Bardez Taluka can be called the innovator of the Tiatr because he along with Joao Agostinho Fernandes and others staged the first Tiatr performance on the occasion of Easter on 17th April, 1892. The name of the first Tiatr presented was "Italian Bhurgo". This Tiatr was written and directed by Lucazinho Ribeiro hence he is the inventor of this unique dramatic form. Tiatr today revolves around social, religious and political themes. It is considered to be a mirror of Goan culture. The drama consists of 6 or 7 acts called pordhe. The acts are interspersed by songs which need not be directly linked to the content or the issues of the main drama. There are 2 or 3 songs between each of the acts.

Special Cover on Goan Tiatr

Special Cover on Goan Tiatr

On 20th December 2014 a Special Cover on Dekhni Dance of Goa was released in presence of Dr. Savia Viegas, Writer and Researcher from Goa and Shri P. K. Bisoi, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra and Goa Postal Circle, Shri Charles Lobo, Postmaster General, Goa Postal Region and and Ms. Archana Gopinath, Senior Superintendent of Post Office, Goa Division. Special Cover depicts the Dekhni dancers and the cancellation depicts two lamps generally carried by the Kolvantha (dancers), the oar of the boatman and the gunghru used by the dancers. Special Cover approval no. MH/37/2014)

Dekhni is a semi classical Goan dance form. It is also pronounced as Dekni or Dekni. Dekhni represents an attractive mixture of Indian melody and Western rhythm. It is mainly performed by Christian girls adorned in Indian attires. It is a song cum dance popular in Goa. Dekhni dance usually enacts the life of a Devdasi girl meaning servant of God whose job is to perform dance in temples and social ceremonies like weddings. One of the popular Dekhni songs is Hanv Saiba Poltodi Vetam by Carlos Eugenio Ferreira (1860-1926) first published in Paris in 1895 and then in Goa in 1926. The song was adapted by Raj Kapoor as Na mangoon sona chandi in his Hindi movie Bobby.

Special Cover on Dekhni Dance

Special Cover on Dekhni Dance

Courtesy: The Navhind Times | Goa Pex 2014 Facebook Page | K. B. Dessai, Goa

Lupex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Ludhiana - 19th - 20th December 2014.

Lupex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition - 19th - 20th December 2014Lupex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition was held at Ludhiana Post Office, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Ludhiana on 19th and 20th December 2014. Exhibits on variety of subjects were on display at the exhibition. During the exhibition ‘My Stamp’ facility was also launched at Ludhiana.

Shri Yash Pal Bangia, President of Ludhiana Philatelic Club displayed his scooter decorated with images of postage stamps at the exhibition.

In Senior category first prize was won by Bhuvan Mehta for his collection “Sheetlets of India”, while Narinder Pal Singh and Dr Kanwar won the second prize for their respective collections on Extraordinary Stamps and Birds. The third prize was given to Rajpal Oswal for his collection on Braille. In the junior category, which was for the participants till the age of 14, the joint first prize was awarded to Kultaran Singh and Sandli Battra for their respective collections on Sikhism and Discover India.

 

Lupex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition - 19th - 20th December 2014

Courtesy: The Tribune | Piyush Jain, Ludhiana

Commemorative Stamp on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan – 15th December 2014.

Kendriya Vidyalaya SangathanThe Kendirya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. The primary aim of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is to provide, establish, endow, maintain control and manage the Central Schools (Kendriya Vidyalayas) located all over India and abroad. The general body of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan is the apex body. The Minister of Human Resource Development, in-charge of the Kendriya Vidyalayas scheme, is the Chairman of the Sangathan. The Minister of state in the Ministry of Human Resource Development is the Deputy Chairman and an Officer of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, specified by the Government of India for this purpose, is the Vice Chairman of the Sangathan.

Kendriya Vidyalaya system came into existence on 15th December 1963 under the name "Central Schools" and has been affiliated with CBSE since then. Later, the name was changed to Kendriya Vidyalaya. The uniform curriculum followed by these schools all over India was intended to ensure that the children of government employees do not face education disadvantages when their parents are transferred by providing a common syllabus and system of education.

A commemorative stamp on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan was released by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria and the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha in presence of Shri S. K. Sinha, Member (HRD), Postal Services Board at the presentation of the KVS Incentive Award for Innovation and Experimentation-2014 to the KVS Teachers held on the occasion of KVS foundation day in New Delhi on 15th December, 2014.

Commemorative Stamp on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

Photo Courtesy: PIB

Special Cover on INS Circars Platinum Jubilee - 12th December 2014.

Visakhapatnam was identified by the British as an important convoy assembly point for military operation in 1923. A small Naval Base was set up on 12 December 1939. With a need to expand, the base was formally established as HMIS Circars on 12 April 1942 and post independence the establishment was renamed to INS Circars.

During the eight decades of existence INS Circars has seen the changing face of Navy. Circars donned the hats of Convoy Assembly Point, Ship repair Yard, Boys Training Establishment and Service Provider. Today, INS Circars stands as the Flagship of the East performing numerous tasks of providing administrative and logistics support not only to the afloat and shore units but also to family members staying in naval residential colonies spread from Dolphin Hill to Naval Coast Battery at Beach road.

INS Circars the depot ship of Eastern Naval Command is also known as the Flagship of the East, celebrated its Platinum Jubilee on 12 December 2014. The Platinum Jubilee Celebrations culminated on 12th December 2014 where Cmde KP Gopal Rao, MVC, VSM (Retd) ex-Commanding Officer INS Circars from 03 January 1974 to 16 January 1976 was the Chief Guest and unveiled of Platinum Jubilee Plaque.

To commemorate this momentous occasion a Special Cover was released by Mrs. Sharda Sampath, Postmaster General, Visakhapatnam in the presence of Commodore Saleem M. Anwer, the present Commanding Officer on 12th December 2014 at Visakhapatnam.

Special Cover on INS Circars Platinum Jubilee

Special Cover on INS Circars Platinum Jubilee

Special Cover on INS Circars Platinum Jubilee

Courtesy: Rainbow Stamp Club | The Hindu | Sify Videos

Malepex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Malegaon - 9th - 10th December 2014.

Malepex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition was organized by Malegaon Postal Division on 9th and 10th December 2014 at Bhagyalaxmi Mangal Karyalaya, Soygaon, Malegaon, a city of Power looms. Dr. P.V.S. Reddy, Postmaster General, Aurangabad Region, inaugurated the exhibition, Shri L.V. Suryavanshi, Sudpt. of Post Offices, Malegaon, Shri P.G. Bhargave, Jury Member and Shri Jayant Ghuman, Jury member were also present in inaugural function.

128 frames were displayed and 30 philatelists exhibited their collection. School children of Malegaon and nearby area along with school representatives visited the exhibition. During the exhibition Quiz competition, Drawing competition and philately lectures for students were also organised.

Malepex-2014, District Level Philatelic Exhibition

On 9th December 2014 a Special Cover on ‘Power looms of Malegaon’ was released by Dr. P.V.S. Reddy, Postmaster General, Aurangabad Region.

Malegaon is major hub for cloth weaving using early twentieth century power looms. The era of power looms in Malegaon emerged after 1935. Malegaon was a traditional handloom-weaving center in Maharashtra. Most of the preparatory work before weaving like starching the yarn, transferring it over the tubes, preparing tanabana was done by the women. Even after power looms were introduced, women continued to help their men folk in the weaving procedure. With the introduction of power looms, the cloth industry in Malegaon flourished due to increased productivity.

Special Cover on ‘Power looms of Malegaon’

Special Cover on ‘Power looms of Malegaon’

On 10th December 2014, a Special Cover on 'Bhuicoat Fort of Malegaon' was released by Shri L.V. Suryavanshi, Sudpt. of Post Offices, Malegaon.

The city of Malegaon is located on the banks of the Mosam River has the Bhuikot fort built by Peshwa Sardar Naro Shankar Raje Bahadur. The Bhuikot fort of Malegaon is one of it's own kind, which was built on flat land. Construction of the fort was started in 1740 which took about 25 years to complete.

Special Cover on 'Bhuicoat Fort of Malegaon'

Special Cover on 'Bhuicoat Fort of Malegaon'

Courtesy: Rainbow Stamp Club

Special Cover on 1st CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Postal Circle - 9th December 2014.

Rajbhawan S O, Bhubaneswar – 751 008 successfully migrated to CBS System on 9th December 2014. It has become first CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Postal Circle. Sri Tilak De, Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Postal Circle in the presence of Sri P K Singh, DPS (HQ) and Sri S C Barick, SSPOs, Bhubaneswar Division inaugurated the CBS System. On the occasion, a Special Cover was released by the Hon’ble Governor of Odisha Dr. S C Jamir. Shri Tilak De, Chief PMG, Odisha Circle also handed over My Stamp Album containing the photo of His Excellency Dr. S C Jamir, Hon'ble Governor, Odisha on the occasion.

Special Cover on 1st CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Circle

Special Cover on 1st CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Circle

Special Cover on 1st CBS Sub Post Office of Odisha Circle

Cover Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office, Vellore – 9th December 2014.

On the occasion of birth anniversary of Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder (1870-1960), founder of the Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, India Post released a Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office on 9th December 2014.

Starting with a tiny clinic-dispensary in 1900 Dr. Ida Sophia Scudder established what have now become one of the biggest hospitals in the world and a centre of excellence for training nurses, doctors and allied health professionals.

A function was held at Norman Auditorium, CMC Hospital, Vellore on 9th December to release the permanent pictorial cancellation of CMC Hospital, Vellore. Function presided over by Shri Sunil Chandy, Director C.M.C.Hospital, Shri Mervin Alexander, PMG CCR and Shri A.Saravanan SSPOs.

To enable philatelists across the country to get this pictorial cancellation at their doorstep, India Post, Vellore, will send postal stationery containing it by Speed Post. Interested customers should remit Rs. 80 to the Postmaster, Vellore HPO, Vellore - 632 001, through money order, postal order or by demand draft. This is towards the cost of one cancelled envelope and two postcards with the pictorial cancellation, handling and postal charges. In addition, philatelists and tourists can walk into the CMC Hospital Post Office to get the pictorial cancellation on any postal stationery with adequate postage affixed.

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office, Vellore

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office, Vellore

Permanent Pictorial Cancellation at the CMC Hospital Post Office, Vellore

Results of Republic Day 2015 Stamp design competition – 8th December 2014.

India Post has announced results of Republic Day 2015 Stamp design competition and the winners of competitions are as follows:

1st Prize Winner: M. Vaibhav Shenoy, M. Vaikuntashenoy, Swasthik Bhavan, Trishulaeshwara, Temple Road, Carstreet, Mangalore – 575001.

2nd Prize Winner: Ankita De, 118, Bhattanagar, PO - Bhattanagar, District - Howrah, Pin Code: 711203, West Bengal.

3rd Prize Winner: Jenwin Baby, MITS, Hostel No. 3, MITS College, Race Course Road, Gole ka Mandir, Gwalior - 474005, Madhya Pradesh (Permanent Address: Jenwin Baby, Arachirachalil (H), Mannamkandom P.O., 200 Acre, Adimaly, Idukki, Kerala).

Source: India Post

Special Cover on Rotary Day Celebrations – 5th December 2014.

On the occasion of Rotary Day celebrations, Rotary International President Gary C. K. Huang and his wife Corinna visited Patna on 5th December 2014. Gary C.K. Huang is the 2014-15 Rotary International’s President and a member of Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan. Rotary movement has said to have started in Bihar in 1943 and it was the first time that the International President visited the city.

On the occasion of Rotary Day and visit of RI President to Patna, a Special Cover was released by Bihar Postal Circle on 5th December 2014 at Patna. (Special Cover approval no. BH/08/DEC/2014) ‘My Stamp’ on RI President Gary C. K. Huang was released during the function.

Special Cover on Rotary Day Celebrations

Special Cover on Rotary Day Celebrations

Courtesy: Rainbow Stamp Club

Commemorative Stamp on Swami Ekrasanand Saraswati – 4th December 2014.

Swami Ekrasanand Saraswati Swami Ekrasanand Saraswati was a saint of common man. He always cared for the upliftment of poor and needy. Daivee Sampad Mandal was founded by Swami Ekrasanand Saraswatiji at Sri Ekrasanand Aashram, Mainpuri, UP. Daivee Sampad Mandal is a Socio-Spiritual organisation committed to the revival and upliftment of Vanvasis and Tribals. "Sarva Bhoot Hite Ratah" meaning welfare of all is its motto. Swami Ekrasanand ji left for heavenly abode on 10th September 1938.

Centenary celebration of Daivee Sampad Mandal held at Mainpuri from 25th November to 6th December 2014 at Sri Ekrasanand Aashram, Mainpuri. A Commemorative Stamp on Swami Ekrasanand Saraswati was released on the occasion of Centenary celebration of Daivee Sampad Mandal on 4th December 2014.

Swami Ekrasanand Saraswati  Stamp release

Special Cover on Chennai GPO, 1000th CBS Office - 1st December 2014.

India Post has the largest Postal Savings Bank network in the world. Keeping pace with the technological changes in the banking field and to meet the expectations of the customers, India Post has undertaken a project for switching over to a Core Banking Solution (CBS) platform with a total project outlay of Rs. 800 crores. CBS will enable customers to do banking operations through computers, mobile phones and withdraw cash through ATMs. Money transfer from one account to another too will become easier and faster. Graems Road PO, Chennai 600006 was the first CBS office in the country to go-live on 16th December 2013.

The 228 years old Chennai GPO implemented Core Banking Solution (CBS) from 1st December, 2014 enabling its savings bank customers carry out their transactions online and withdraw cash through ATMs.

To mark this occasion, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released a Special Cover on 1st December 2014 at Chennai GPO. Shri. T. Murthy, Chief Postmaster General, Tamilnadu Postal Circle released the Special Cover in presence of Shri Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General (CCR), Shri Subash Chandra Barmma, Postmaster General (BD).

Price of Special Cover with cancellation is Rs. 15 each and can be available from the Philatelic Bureau, Anna Road HPO. Mail Orders may be addressed to the Chief Postmaster, Anna Road HO, Chennai 600002, chennaiphil@gmail.com, Tel: +91-44-28543199.

Special Cover on Chennai GPO, 1000th CBS Office

Special Cover on Chennai GPO, 1000th CBS Office

One Day Philatelic Exhibition on ‘AIDS’ at Gorakhpur – 1st December 2014.

A one day Philatelic Exhibition on the theme ‘AIDS’ was organized at L. N. M. Railway Hospital, Gorakhpur by Shri Sandeep Chaurasia, philatelist of Gorakhpur. Dr. R. K. Sharma, Medical Director, L. N. M. Railway Hospital, Shri B. P. Yadav, Pharmacy Officer and Shri Sunil Singh, Account Officer, Patients of Hospital etc. visited the Exhibition.

Recently Shri Sandeep Chaurasia was awarded "KARM SAMMAN" by Sun Rose Sansthan, Gorakhpur for his achievements in Philately and social services. Award was given away by Dr. Radha Mohan Das Agrawal, MLA of Gorakhpur.

Exhibition on AIDS theme

Sandeep Chaurasia awarded Karm Samman

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